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Popular initiative "Against mass immigration" from 2014.02.09 : Implementation of constitutional amendment on immigration

(FDJP, abbreviated version) The popular initiative 'Stop Mass Immigration' was accepted on 9 February 2014, with 50.3 per cent of voters and 17 cantons voting in favour. The constitutional amendment (Art. 121a of the Federal Constitution) gives the Federal Council and Parliament three years to introduce a new system for the admission of foreign nationals that will allow Switzerland to manage future immigration in a way that safeguards the country’s overall economic interests and gives preference to Swiss nationals on the labour market. Before the vote, the Federal Council had already pointed out that the amendment was contrary to the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons (AFMP) between Switzerland and the European Union (EU), and was therefore not compatible with the series of bilateral agreements concluded between Switzerland and the EU. On 11 February 2015, the Federal Council issued a mandate for negotiations with the EU on the free movement of persons.

On 27 October 2015, a popular initiative was submitted under the slogan 'End the impasse! Drop the re-introduction of immigration quotas'. It aims to have the immigration amendment in the Constitution repealed in order to preserve Switzerland’s bilateral agreements with the EU.

At its meeting of 1 February 2017, the Federal Council launched a consultation procedure on the two versions of a direct counter-proposal to the initiative "Get us out of the dead end" (known as the Rasa initiative).

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